Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report Wahoos, Sailfish, And Sandbar Sharks - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report Wahoos, Sailfish, And Sandbar Sharks

January 15, 2013

January 12, 2013

Detra and her boyfriend from Ohio were the busiest anglers of the Lady Pamela II sportfishing fleet today. The pair started the day with a nice sailfish catch, and then they hooked into something big. That something turned out to be a 350lb sandbar shark that really put a bend in the rod. It was a thrilling catch and release for the Ohioans, particularly since they were able to make the catch in t-shirts and shorts, rather than parkas!! They also caught four kingfish and a blackfin tuna to round out the day. Good job!

NIce Wahoos with Capt David And Capt Justin

January 13, 2013

Today the Lady Pamela IV team hosted another group of out-of-towners for some fair weather fishing. Captain Darin headed out into 220 feet of water, about where there had been some mahi-mahi action reported from the previous day. Sure enough, as soon as the baits hit the water, a hungry dolphin hit the line. The angling crew succeeded in landing a nice 18lb mahi-mahi. Not long after the baits were back in, the right rigger popped and the reel started singing. A wahoo had crashed the bait and took off to the races. As is often the case with these speedsters, he made a quick turn toward the boat and was able to throw the hook. Missing the wahoo sure was a disappointment, but the crew got back into the action and finished the day with a few bonitos.

Sailfish Release


Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!